Brooklyn, New York
Located in a leafy residential and historic block of brownstones in Brooklyn, New York, this 4,000 sq ft artist studio was constructed to include all new utilities, new mechanical, new roof, new walls and a concrete floor while sorting out programmatic needs for: a collaborative work floor, art storage, LEGO brick inventory, desk pod, kitchenette and a lounge meeting space that doubles as a loading dock. The space, designed for modeling and sculptural works made entirely of LEGO bricks, dates back to the pre-Lincoln era and was formerly a carriage house, manufacturing facility and parking garage. Adhering to a humble budget, the controlled palette of white, chrome, and walnut allows the exuberance of the artwork to stand out. To bring in as much natural light as possible, a series of light wells puncture the work floor ceiling with flush mount light channels. One-inch LED strips spanning 32 feet (coupled with frosted commercial glass doors) usher light into the front loading dock/lounge meeting area. Expeditor and Associate Architect: Studio C Architects; General Contractor: Alberth Chica; Photo credits: Chaunté Vaughn and Sean Kenney -- Art with LEGO bricks; Lights: LIGHT; Tile: La Nova Tile. Work station storage: Knoll. Kitchen: IKEA.
Winner of two AIA Houston Design Awards for Interior Architecture and Renovation/Restoration 2015. National semi-finalist in HGTV's Faces of Design Award 2016. Featured in: Arch Daily, The Architect's Newspaper, Texas Architect, Contemporist, CultureMap, Contemporist, Houston Business Journal, Arch Daily Brasil, Plataforma Arquitectura, Zhulong China, 5osA Korea, Dekor Trends Germany, 6sqft New York.